Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Children

Early Childhood Education

You can make a difference in the lives of our young children, whether you want to stop by to read a book, volunteer at a special event or help out in a classroom on a regular basis.

Read It and Leave It

Bring one of your favorite children's books, share it with one of our classrooms, and leave it behind for them to enjoy.

Ideal Commitment: 1 hour

Classroom Helper

Provide support to a classroom by reading with small groups of children, helping with activities and lending a hand during clean-up time. 

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week for at least 1 semester 

Group Opportunity

Sign your team up to spend a half day working alongside teachers to support children in our classrooms. 

Ideal Commitment: 3–4 hours 

READS

Help a child improve their literacy skills, develop a love for reading, and succeed in school.

After-School Tutor

Work 1-on-1 and in small groups with children to help them become successful readers. 

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week for one semester (2:30–5:00 pm)

Summer Volunteer

Read with students and help out during activities to support learning retention over the summer months.  

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week (10:00 AM–1:30 PM)

School-Age

You can provide academic and social-emotional support to school-age children as they learn and grow. 

READS Tutor

Help children in grades 1–3 develop literacy skills that are critical to academic success. 

Ideal Commitment: 2 days/week, 30–60 min/day

Homework Helper

Spend one-on-one homework time with a youth between the ages of 5 and 12.

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week, 30–60 min

Intern

Gain valuable experience while making an impact on students in our program. 

Ideal Commitment: At least 2 days/week, 2-3 hours/day

Volunteer with Youth

YOU

Play an important role in the life of a teen and celebrate their growth as they build a foundation for success, both in school and in life. As a mentor in our TEAM program, you will receive training as well as support from community of mentors at Erie House.

Mentor (7th–9th Grade)

Work 1-on-1 with a student to help them develop good study habits and life skills as they move from middle school to high school.

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week (Mon, 6:00–7:30 pm) during the academic year

Mentor (10th–12th Grade)

Provide that extra layer of support a student needs to graduate from high school and explore college and career options.

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week (Wed, 6:00–8:00 pm) during the academic year

Intern

Gain valuable experience while making an impact on students in our program. 

Ideal Commitment: At least 2 days/week, 2-3 hours/day

Proyecto Cuídate

You can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families in the South Lawndale/Little Village community.

Mentor

Participate in a team environment to provide support to local youth, build positive relationships, and share resources to help them reach their potential.

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week throughout the year

Intern

Get hands-on experience as you complete your social work or psychology internship through your undergraduate or graduate program. 

Ideal Commitment: Semester/Full Academic Year, depending on program requirements

Volunteer with Adults

Citizenship & Immigration

Looking to help out? There are several tangible ways you can support and stand in solidarity with immigrants in our community.

Citizenship Class Tutor

Work alongside legal permanent residents studying for the civics exam en route to becoming U.S. citizens. 

Ideal Commitment: 1 day/week for at least 2 quarters

Workshop Attorney

Complete legal reviews for participants at workshops hosted in the community. 

Ideal Commitment: 4 hours/month on Saturdays; volunteers should have legal background

Workshop Assistant

Assist citizenship applicants with filling out naturalization paperwork

Ideal Commitment: 4 hours/month on Saturdays; no legal experience necessary

Community Literacy

If you enjoy helping others and would like to build connections with folks in our community, sign up to volunteer in our Community Literacy program.

1-on-1 Tutor

Work 1-on-1 with a student to help them develop their language and literacy skills.

Ideal Commitment: 1–2 hours/week for at least 1 semester

Small Group Tutor

Facilitate group activities to support students in their continued language acquisition.

Ideal Commitment: 1–2 hours/week for at least 1 semester

Health & Leadership

You can help us expand access to greater well-being by lending a hand at one of our workshops either at Erie House or in the community.

Workshop Assistant

Lead a nutrition workshop or fitness activities with our Super-H students. 

Ideal Commitment: varies

Health Promoter 

Help us host community cooking and nutrition workshops to help expand access to well-being in our communities.

Ideal Commitment: varies

Community Navigator

Help us provide Know Your Rights workshops and training to support immigrant families and individuals.

Ideal Commitment: varies

ESL

Build connections in the community and help others develop language and literacy skills by participating in a conversation group with students in our ESL or ABE classes.

If you are looking for 1-on-1 or small group tutoring/teaching volunteer opportunities, please check out our Community Literacy program.

Group Opportunity

Sign your team up to participate in a conversation group with our students, using interactive questions and prompts to build connections and develop language skills in the process.

Ideal Commitment: 2–3 hours

Other Ways to Volunteer

Group Opportunities

Join your co-workers in a group project at Erie House!

Beautification Projects

Come together to plant a garden, paint a classroom, or spruce up our facilities.

Ideal Commitment: 3 hours

Conversation Group

Sign your team up to participate in a conversation group with our students, using interactive questions and prompts to build connections and develop language skills in the process.

Ideal Commitment: 2–3 hours

To set up your group project please contact Lucero Cervantes at 312-432-2293 or lcervantes@eriehouse.org.

Join the Associate Board

The Erie Associate Board (EAB) members serve as ambassadors for Erie House, working together to raise funds and awareness for our programs and services. 

Erie Associate Board Member

Members will provide support to the organization by fundraising through Associate Board events, individual donations, in-kind gift solicitation and corporate support. Additionally, members will help identify new individuals and institutions that can support Erie House. All members will work closely with Erie House’s Development and Communications staff to keep well informed on Erie House and Board matters and meet the Board’s goals. 

Ideal Commitment: 2 years; meetings occur on the first Tuesday of the month, bimonthly, from 6:00–7:30 pm; additional meetings take place in lead-up to fundraising events

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Interested in joining? Please contact Lucero Cervantes at (312) 432-2293 or lcervantes@eriehouse.org.

General Volunteering and Questions

Contact Lucero Cervantes at 312-432-2293 or lcervantes@eriehouse.org.